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Updated Jan 14, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great people, occasionally fun projects, not too much OT(in 14 reviews)

  • "Good place to start a career in animation(in 14 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "In animation, though your hours may be flexible, you may be doing a lot of unpaid overtime(in 15 reviews)

  • "They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Saving the world one cartoon at a time

      Oct 26, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Bardel has great shows - there's no other way to put it. They work with some of the best brands in the industry, and offer artists creatively challenging opportunities to grow in their careers and learn from experienced industry professionals. Alongside the great shows, Bardel has great people! The company culture is friendly, engaging, and fun. People make jokes in the hallways, walk for coffee together, carve pumpkins together, trouble shoot technical problems together, eat cereal together. It is a very collaborative environment where artists are encouraged to share their opinions and bring forward solutions. The Senior Management team is also a good group of people who genuinely care about the studio. If you want to be challenged in your career and work on great shows with great people, Bardel is the place for you.

      Cons

      Every company has room to improve. Bardel could implement a few structural improvements that would benefit the studio as a whole, but as far as animation studios go, it's a good place to work!

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Upper Management clearly expects animators to soak up the economic hits.

      Jan 14, 2021 - Animator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They had a tap with running water.

      Cons

      Animation gets to bear the brunt of the disorganized structure. In my experience, being paid per-approved-second tends to amount to minimum wage pay after hours worked 12 to 14 hours a day as animators also have to build rigs for missing designs on top of doing revisions on those designs, while again, being paid per approved second. Things may have changed but the reviews tell me that they haven't so I'm adding my story to the pile.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      General review

      Jan 16, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fun people, Flexible hours, goal oriented targets

      Cons

      In animation, though your hours may be flexible, you may be doing a lot of unpaid overtime

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    4. 5.0
      Current Contractor, less than 1 year

      Awesome learning environment

      Nov 7, 2018 - Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Constantly being mentored and taking part in training sessions. Fun parties, group events and other things.

      Cons

      short contracts, which is standard for the animation industry

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    5. 3.0
      Current Contractor

      Mediocre and complicit in bad professional practices

      Jan 4, 2018 - Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you can survive your first year/production you have the opportunity to learn from some really talented people. It also can provide opportunities for lateral movement across the industry.

      Cons

      The studio is disorganized and is often scrambling to regain its footing due to poor planning on all levels. They often demand unpaid overtime and are unwilling to address bad professional practices including sexism from stronger animators.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Amazing atmosphere and good place for grow.

      Oct 18, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Balance between experienced and junior professionals. Opportunity to grow and learn. Good quality projects.

      Cons

      Bad HR management. Recently crazy quotas in the new shows. Unbalanced salaries. An intermediate animator can get almost the same as a lead, sometimes more.

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Animator

      Sep 15, 2016 - 3D Animator in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fun projects/ great people/good location.

      Cons

      Poor budget on show. Not enough animators. Quality standards are high for such extensive workloads causing necessary overtime quite frequently.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good people, great projects, overtime (not so good)

      Jul 7, 2016 - Storyboard Artist in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of talented people to work with. You will make friends. Laid back management, approachable. Salaries are above average, with room to grow. Exciting projects, mostly high end. Office location is great, very good company culture.

      Cons

      Way too often you are pushed into overtime, normally this would be acceptable within reason. Unfortunately it's not paid. Resulting in burn outs and project fatigue. Life work balance may be off as well. This problem is actually not exclusive to this studio, it is a common problem in the animation industry of Vancouver.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Very Mixed Feelings

      Sep 6, 2015 - Production in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It's a big studio, but it feels like a small one - everyone talks to each other, very casual environment. It's a great place to ask questions - everyone wants to help you learn and get better at your job. Lots of really talented, experienced people work here. It's a great way to make connections. They also believe in promoting from within, so if you start with little experience and show that you're willing to work hard and learn, they will give you a better title. This is a great place to get your start in animation.

      Cons

      Corporate just doesn't have all their stuff together. Every decision is made last minute (from the top down) and often changes on a whim. The HR and Facilities teams are under-staffed and over-worked, so it takes forever to get a request to those departments resolved. Again, it's not because they aren't doing their jobs, but because they're stretched too thin. They also aren't very good at allocating money - they only buy standing desks for $100 or less, second hand off craigslist. Recently a whole team of animators kept getting errors because they didn't have enough memory for their computers - yet at the same time, corporate spent extravagant amounts on fancy plants and kitchen renovations that were more cosmetic than practical. You will be

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Negotiate your contract as well as you can.

      Nov 28, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The studio is in a great location, and offers a lot of work in a variety of animation industry fields. The pay can be pretty good IF YOU NEGOTIATE WELL when you are hired, and they offer benefits. The quality of the shows and the work being done is quite high. The studio has a long tradition of working on great shows and is well established in the larger industry. The best part of the studio, however, is by far the employees. Great people.

      Cons

      It is a very management heavy studio. As often as they say they put artists first, they are pretty notorious for treating people like screwdrivers by always bending over backwards for clients at the cost of employee health and moral. If you want to be an animator, expect to work some fairly long hours. While the pay can be good, management will low ball you fairly hard, especially hard if you are new to the industry. Make sure to negotiate as best you can.

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